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Thursday, July 28, 2016
Buffalo Soldiers Day
Buffalo Soldiers were African american soldiers who were enlisted in the regular Army regiments. The first troops were formed in 1866 during peace times. The buffalo soldier troops were made up of former slaves, freemen and former black civil war soldiers There had been African American soldiers battling since colonial times.
The buffalo soldiers helped the westward expansion as well. They became escorts for those traveling west. Settlers, cattle herds and railroad crews were led by the African American buffalo soldier troops. Buffalo soldiers who helped make up troop 9 & 10 regiment also helped to battle toward the U.S. expansion into the southwest against Indian civilizations.
It was during the Indian wars that the black troops got their names. The Indians named the troops they faced the buffalo soldiers because of their pride and bravery of the black men. It was a name of respect. The black troops accepted the name and carried it with pride. Buffalo soldiers were involved in many major battles through out time. During the 1940s and 1950s the army embraced integration and disbanded the all black troops.
. The Buffalo soldiers will forever stand for patriotism and pride. In 1992 a monument dedicated to the buffalo soldier was dedicated at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas by General Colin Powell.